Published in The Rochester News-Sentinel
Thursday, February 13, 1941
Charles K. PLANK, aged 82, retired business man and prominent citizen of Rochester, died Wednesday evening in Winter Haven, Florida from injuries which he received February 6, when he fell in the bathroom of the apartment of his son, Don PLANK, Sr.
Mr. Plank left Rochester about one month ago with his daughter, Mrs. Charles PYLE and Mr. PYLE, for a winter vacation in Florida. Little could be learned about Mr. Plank's life in Rochester today as his family were in Winter Haven.
The Plank home in Rochester is located at 1021 South Main street.
Mr. Plank was a life resident of Rochester. His parents were Dr. and Mrs. Asa K. PLANK. His father was a pioneer doctor and druggist and was in the drug business with the late Jonathan DAWSON.
He was educated in the schools of Rochester and was a school teacher for several years. Mr. Plank then opened a drug store at 502 North Main street. This store contained the first artificial gas lights in Rochester, replacing coal oil lamps. They were placed in service in 1889 and was quite an event at the time with nearly the entire populace of Rochester present when the lights were turned on. Later other business houses used this form of lighting.
Mr. Plank sold his drug store to the late P. M. SHORE and these fixtures are still in use in the drug department of the SHORE & HART store. Mr. Plank then entered the shoe business at 808 Main street. His store was known as the HOOSIER SHOE STORE which he operated for over forty years, disposing of the same to Jack STAFFORD, after which he retired.
All children remembered Mr. Plank because of his kindly and courteous manner.
Mr. Plank was active in church, civic and social circles here. He was the member of all commercial organizations which functioned at various times during his long residence in this city. He was a member of the First Baptist church and of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias lodges of Rochester.
His wife who was Miss Minnie BRACKETT, died May 12, 1936.
Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Anna ENSIGN, Boise, Idaho and Mrs. Charles PYLE of this city; a son, Don PLANK, Sr., of Rochester; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A brother, William PLANK, preceded him in death.
The funeral arrangements were incomplete today but the body will be returned here for funeral services and interment.